this answer can be found in book 2 of My Antonia
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Wick Cutter is a very stingy and lecherous man, Wick Cutter hires girls, such as Ántonia, to work in his house and tries to sleep with them. He and his wife fight constantly about money, and he eventually kills her and then himself in order to prevent her from inheriting any money. Jim describes Mrs. Cutter as a hideous shrew.